By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President of the Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMO), Simona Broomes made her debut on the political scene on Saturday, April 18 as the APNU+AFC held its first women’s rally at Merriman’s mall Bourda, Georgetown.
Broomes, who has been hailed as a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) heroine, focused her presentation primarily on the ills of TIP promising that an APNU+AFC government will put the necessary steps in place to ensure that more is done against the scourge that not only affects Guyana but the world over.
The GWMO President, who was a surprise candidate on the Opposition Coalition’s List of Candidates, was rather forthcoming stating that she was putting Guyana’s men folk on notice that the issue of rape will be approached with zero tolerance from an APNU+AFC administration.
She said that “rape is rape” regardless of the age of the victim and when it comes down to it, the women folk need to be protected.
Broome’s, who has also been a miner for a number of years, said that for too long the people of Guyana have been silent on the issues that are affecting the country’s women and youth noting that it is now time for the voices of the affected to be heard.
She promised too that come May 12, the Guyanese will take back the country and govern in a way that is beneficial to all.
“All ah we is candidates. This is our country and we will take it back” she said to a loud eruption of applause from the crowd of women at the rally.
Meanwhile, APNU’s Vanessa Kissoon was equally energetic in her statement at the rally as she challenged the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, Elisabeth Harper to make known her position on the alleged abuse of Former First Lady Varshnie Jagdeo at the hands of Former President Bharrat Jagdeo.
“Join our hands in solidarity in condemning this high tech abuse,” said Kissoon as she uttered words of assurance that should Harper be ostracized for her criticisms, the women of Guyana has “got your back.”
Kissoon, a former Member of Parliament, wasted no time in criticizing Dr Jagdeo contending that he should offer a public apology to the former First Lady.
She also called out Mr Jagdeo, challenging him to a debate on the issues that are affecting Linden and what the PPP/C has done to abate the economic woes of the mining community.
“Both him and I are private citizens, so I, Vanessa Kissoon is challenging Mr Jagdeo to a debate,” she said.
She also pointed out that that Region has had to fight for every economic gain that it has accomplished over the years.
“PPP gave nothing to Region 10 without a fight. You name it; we fought for it, nothing was given to us,” said Kissoon.